2017 Cape Epic Prologue – Race Report

This year at the 2017 Cape Epic, Knight sponsored, OMX Pro Team is fielding two teams: Martin Gluth and Julian Schelb to form Silverback OMX, and National Champions, Annie Last and Mariske Strauss, as Hansgrohe-Cadence Nutrition OMX.

All riders are pedaling a Silverback Sesta.  The bikes are an upgraded spec, outfitted with Knight Composites 29 Race wheels. These are the perfect bike for the job!

Cape Epic 2017 covers 691 km and 15400 m of vertical, across South Africa’s Western Cape region, starting in Meerendal on 19th March and finishing in Val di Vie on 26th March. As usual, it is the ultimate  battle of physical and mental endurance.


Annie Last and Mariske Strauss racing Cape Epic on Knight Composites 29 Race; OMX Pro Team

Last and Strauss got OMX racing underway with a storming Prologue ride. They set the fastest women’s pairs time on course at each of the three check points along the twenty-six kilometer course. On a blisteringly hot Cape Town day, Annie and Mariske rode a strong race, testing their compatibility with good communication and testing their legs with an aggressive final few kilometers, grabbing a 3rd place podium spot at the end of the day.

Martin Gluth races Cape Epic 2017 on Knight Composites 29 Race; OMX Pro Team

The Men’s team of Gluth and  Schelb rolled down the start ramp and got their Cape Epic underway just as the Ladies finished their race. The pair looked in fine form as they settled into the short but incredibly intense Prologue course. Unfortunately things took a bad turn. The midday heat took its toll on Julian, with his body temperature reaching the outside temperature he passed out on the bike and crashed. Julian was immediately seen by medics who got him off the course on into the on-site medical clinic, from where he was transferred to the hospital. Thankfully his temperature was brought under control quickly and we are delighted to say that he is doing okay.

Unfortunately, Julian is out for the remainder of Cape Epic, but Martin will ride on, as an “Outcast”.

Stay tuned over the next few days, as we will have updates on each day’s racing. You can also follow along on the OMX social feeds at Instagram, and Facebook.


Tyler Robertson

Passionate about bicycling, photography and great tacos, Tyler is always happiest when in the saddle. Based in Portland, OR, he spends his days building Knight's brand, while planning his schedule around bicycle trips (instead of the other way around). If you would like an opinion or contribution on any of the above, please contact Tyler .

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